Observed one humpback in Annette Bay. The whale appeared to be feeding, as it repeatedly dove and lunged out of the water. The pictures are grainy due to distance.
The whale was travelling north and was seen very close to shore from Rotary Beach. It appeared to be feeding as it traveled, as I saw it lunge out of the water twice. It crossed the east channel of the Tongass Narrows, and was last seen near the shores of Pennock Island swimming north toward town.
Long distance whale watching today. I believe I photographed two humpbacks swimming together in Nichols passage. The photos are blurry and grainy due to distance.
One humpback was seen from Blank Island in Blank Inlet. The whale stayed in the same general area, lunge feeding, for several hours.
One humpback was observed in Nichols Passage. It dove and disappeared before I could get any pictures.
A small pod of orcas were seen in Nichols Passage. They were very far away and appeared to be swimming north when I first spotted them. They disappeared for approximately ten minutes and then reappeared and were swimming south toward mountain point. They surfaced for three to five minutes and then vanished. There appeared to be three to five whales in the pod, but it was very challenging to determine due to distance and their elusive behavior. I was able to take many photos, but they are grainy due to distance which may make obtaining a positive identification of the pod impossible.
Long distance whale viewing from our deck. The humpback was near the shores of Gravina Island close to the west channel of the Tongass Narrows. It was well over one mile away from me, therefore, the photos are poor quality.
The whale was so close to shore I could easily hear it breathe every time it surfaced. It appeared to be "logging" as it stayed at the surface in the same spot for close to 15 minutes. I was concerned that perhaps it was injured until it began slowly swimming and diving. It stayed in the same general area for approximately 45 minutes before swimming south toward mountain point. As much as I enjoyed watching the whale, I was glad to see him/her move on, as it was resting in a popular spot for charter fisherman. The whale easily could have been mistaken for a wave and a boat could have collided with it. Thankfully the whale had left the area approximately 10 minutes before the charters arrived.